Monday, March 28, 2011

More Homeschooling Insights

"MOM! I need a permanent marker and your calendar! I have to cross out August and write "I HATE YOU, ROME!" Kid yells emphatically from the other room.

"I hate him for making Cleopatra kill herself!" Kid explains.

The kids also have our famous pink pony piled high with bean bags to represent Hannibal's war elephants crossing the Alps.

Then I remembered we had Gladiator and I was able to cue up a scene of the gladiator fight with Tigers (Don't worry! We stopped it before there was bloodshed!), so that she could get a better idea of what the gladiator fights were like.

She wasn't as impressed as she had been about the Assyrians fighting lions for sport... using humans to form the ring (okay they had shields... but still... crazy).

We're up to 14 AD.


Julie said...

This is so great. I am a believer that kids are learning to learn at this age. What could be better to spark the learning to focus on her actual interests rather than what the state Pilgrims and Puritans. That's what Murphy's class just studied. Not nearly as exciting.

Hilarious she wanted to mark off August!!

lucinda said...

Do you want to hear the story of Perseus? It's fascinating!

Smitty said...

I saw your tag about Kid's obsession with Greek Mythology; I am in the process of reading the Percy Jackson series to Isaac at bedtime. We're in the 3rd of the 5-book series now. He sits at the white board in our kitchen trying his darnedest to spell the Greek names and words he hears in the books, and he loves to hear the stories behind the names used in the books. His Lego Starwars guys have fought many a minotaur...

Anyway...just corroborating what you say; kids are so fun at this stage. They get so into learning this stuff. It's fun to enable them and watch them make their own little scenarios with what they've picked up.

Smitty said...

(Isaac = Smitty Jr. I violated blog protocol in my eagerness to comment!)

Mrs Furious said...

I don't think you were reading back when Kid was Medusa. Awesome times. The parents at her preschool were like "What the fuck?!" when she came for the halloween parade. It was great.
She shamed us by being a princess two consecutive years after that though ;)

Smitty said...

Kid was Medusa

That is the shizzle right there. That is some good home cookin'.

I can't wait for Smitty Jr to ask to be Chiron. No idea how I'm pulling that one off.

Mr Furious said...

Man. I forgot how fucking badass that Medusa costume was. I still come across a clawed glove here, or a snake wig there in the basement once in a while, but haven't seen the total package like that since she wore it.

Maybe I can start directing Baby towards the myths...

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